Youth killed after Chinar branch falls on him in Sumbal

Srinagar, May 29: A youth was killed after the branch of a hollow Chinar fell upon him in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
The death sparked massive protest even as locals alleged that despite repeated pleas, authorities didn’t bother to chop down hollow chinar trees in the area.
“There are over 7 hollow chinar trees near CHC Hospital which pose a greater risk to life and property. The school and college going students can anytime become a prey of these hollow chinar trees,” locals said.
Sources said locals have decided to observe a complete shutdown Wednesday against what they called ‘murder’ of the young man.